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Millennium (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 25 August 1989 (USA)
An NTSB investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster meets a warrior woman from 1000 years in the future. She replaces the people from airplanes before they crash with corpses with the same features.


Michael Anderson


John Varley (short story "Air Raid"), John Varley (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Bill Smith
Cheryl Ladd ... Louise Baltimore
Daniel J. Travanti ... Arnold Mayer
Robert Joy ... Sherman
Lloyd Bochner ... Walters
Brent Carver Brent Carver ... Coventry
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... Tom Stanley
Maury Chaykin ... Roger Keane
Al Waxman ... Dr. Brindle
Lawrence Dane ... Vern Rockwell
Thomas Hauff ... Ron Kennedy
Peter Dvorsky ... Janz
Raymond O'Neill Raymond O'Neill ... Harold Davis
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Briley
David Calderisi ... Leacock


Bill Smith, chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has been assigned to determine whether human error is the cause of an airline crash. He and his team of investigators are very confused by the words on the cockpit voice recorder by the crew relating to the crash. But at the same time, a theoretical physicist named Dr. Arnold Mayer has a real professional curiosity about the crash, which borders on science fiction. While giving a university lecture, he talks about time travel and the possibility of visitors from the future. Smith discovers the involvement of an organization of time travellers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate mankind from those about to perish in the past. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Beyond the boundaries of time... they are waiting for you! See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada



Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Millenium See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,614,692, 27 August 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Michael Anderson directed a film called Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), whose title was used by star Kris Kristofferson for one of his albums. See more »


Before traveling back in time to 1963, Louise watches a film montage to familiarize herself with American culture of that year. However the film includes a brief shot of an American astronaut performing a space-walk, which first happened in 1965. See more »


Louise Baltimore: [to Bill] Watch that first step... it's a killer!
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Alternate Versions

Two different endings of this film exist. The first simply shows the destruction of Futureworld after Bill and Louise step through the Gate. The second shows an actual trip through the Gate after Futureworld is destroyed. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Where have I seen that girl before?
1 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Somewhere in the distant future where if we think we're breathing polluted air you should see what Earth is dealing with in 3089. Some fairly healthy specimens relatively like Cheryl Ladd are treated like pampered pets because they have to do some time traveling.

This trip takes her to 1989 when Millennium came to the theaters. To keep the species going these travelers are taking trips to reported plane crashes where they remove the passengers before the crash and replace them with already dead ones from their future. When the dead ones were around they were sterile anyway, Cheryl happens to be sterile also.

There carefully prepared project goes totally awry with a trip back to a 1963 crash that is impacting on the future. A trip to 1989 where Kris Kristofferson is the National Transportation Safety Board investigator screws things up even further as Kristofferson is certain he's seen Ladd before.

The third principal player in the cast is Daniel J. Travanti a famous physicist who has an interest in time travel and has got the scent of something not right with these crashes. What Travanti does is totally mess with the future of planet Earth as Ladd knows it.

Although some have trashed Millennium I've found it to be a thought provoking movie about time traveling and about our lax attitude toward the environment which gives Ladd the future she lives in. There's also a nice performance by Robert Joy as Ladd's android in the future who's more human than Commander Data of Star Trek The Next Generation. He's got quite the wit. But in the end he's a disposable machine.

Check this one out.

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